The 1st Canadian Symposium on Aquitard Hydrogeology was held in June 2009 in Saskatoon and was hosted by the University of Saskatchewan's College of Engineering. It honoured John Cherry's contributions to aquitard research over his career that began at the University of Saskatchewan as an undergraduate student of geological engineering. This first Symposium brought together 150 hydrogeologists and engineers from across Canada and from the USA and Denmark and focused on studies of Prairie aquitards.
Following the success of this first meeting, we invite you to attend the 2nd Canadian Symposium on Aquitard Hydrogeology hosted by the Ottawa Geotechnical Group, the IAH-CNC, and the University of Ottawa in our Nation's Capital from June 21st to 23rd, 2011. This meeting will address issues of concern in eastern Canada. The first day will be devoted to the use of aquitards for industrial and municipal wastes and as aquifer protection formations. The second day will focus on radioactive waste storage in aquitard systems, in particular the newly characterised Deep Geological Repository at the Bruce Nuclear Site in southwestern Ontario. The third day will feature a number of workshops for teaching skills required for aquitard characterization.
We wish to also draw attention to other important Canadian meetings on aquitards in the near future. The International Association of Hydrogeologists will hold its 39th Congress in Niagara Falls, Ontario in September 2012, which will feature several sessions on the role of aquitards in aquifer protection. The 3rd Canadian Symposium on Aquitard Hydrogeology is tentatively scheduled for the University of Guelph for June 2013.